Open Up! Brushing & Flossing My Toddler’s Teeth

We went to the dentist today for my daughter’s cleaning appointment.  She is not yet 3.5 years old and didn’t get her first tooth until she was almost 2 years old but she has been to the dentist 3 times already, which seems excessive to me.  But our dental plan covers a cleaning and check-up every 6 months, and so while I question whether such frequent dental visits are necessary, I take her anyways for peace of mind.  Our hygienist and dentist both mentioned that these initial visits were really for relationship building and for establishing good dental habits.

toddler getting teeth cleaned at dentist

So far so good.  My daughter was a trooper and got a reward in addition to a goody bag with a toothbrush of her choice (she picked Nemo because of the colors), a floss sample, and some travel-sized floss and kid’s toothpaste.  She was also entered into the monthly raffle for being cavity-free.

dentist goody bag

While my daughter didn’t get her first tooth until she was almost 2 years old, my friend’s baby was born with teeth.  When did your baby get his or her first tooth?

Typically, babies get their first teeth between 5 and 10 months old.  These primary teeth are sometimes called milk teeth because of their white color and are pushed out and replaced by the permanent teeth at around age 6.

The Importance of Primary Teeth

Caring for these primary teeth is important because they are just as prone to captivities as permanent teeth, and even though they will eventually be replaced by permanent teeth, they help baby chew, speak more clearly, and serve as placeholders in the gums for the permanent teeth.  If the primary teeth fall out prematurely, the permanent teeth may drift into the empty spaces, potentially making for a very crooked smile. So open up wide!

Our dentist had recommended practicing dental hygiene even before the first tooth and clean our baby’s gums with a wet washcloth or an extra soft baby toothbrush.  Then when she gets her first tooth, to start brushing with a small amount of non-fluoridated toothpaste until she is able to spit well.  But by the time my daughter got her first tooth, the guidelines must have changed, because our dentist recommended using fluoridated toothpaste from the get-go.

Getting a Toddler to Her Brush Teeth

Our dentist also gave some suggestions on getting my daughter to brush.  Most revolved around keeping the experience light and fun:

  1. singing a (silly brushing) song and incorporating the song into the routine
  2. letting my daughter pick her own toothbrush and or toothpaste
  3. playing brushing with her favorite toy
  4. allowing her to brush our teeth first
  5. playing copycat or follow the leader
  6. try brushing and flossing as early in the evening as possible before she is tired and fussy

When my daughter was young she was like most kids who want to mimic adults, so getting her to brush her own teeth was easy since I had always brushed in front of her.  But getting her to let me brush her teeth was, and still is, a battle.  Some parents would be appalled that I’m still brushing her teeth for her but our pediatrician was a huge advocate.  I encourage my daughter to do almost everything she is capable of, and had initially protested his recommendation because she actually does a reasonably decent job at brushing.

Our pediatrician stood firm and said with conviction that caring for her teeth is something that is too important for potentially well enough because that means it’s also potentially not well enough.  That sold it for me.

I felt it was personal for him as he said he was admonished by his dentist for letting his now 5 year old son brush his own teeth.  I couldn’t bring myself to ask him if his son got any cavities when he brushed on his own.  Anyway, he is promoting assisted brushing until age 6 (and possibly age 10 for flossing).

Our routine now is she gets to brush her own teeth first, and then I floss and brush it again for her.  And if she was really good letting me brush, she gets to use the mouthwash.  That girl loves doing whatever mommy does.


These are some of the first few toothbrushes she had picked out herself.  She had no idea what Monster’s Inc. or My Little Pony was at the time but had wanted an electric toothbrush like mommy’s.

kid's toothbrushes

I now use the 360 brush by baby buddy exclusively because it’s just much easier and quicker to clean her teeth.  Proper brushing requires a 45 degree angle.  This is hard to attain without twisting the wrist and practically impossible to achieve with a squirmy toddler.  The 360 brush has extra dense bristles all around so as long as I can get the brush in her mouth, we’re golden.  I also like that the soft bristles all around means I don’t need to worry about accidentally hurting her gums as much as I did with the regular toothbrush designs.


360 brush = Best Toddler Toothbrush Ever! Ever!


As a compromise for no longer letting her choose her own toothbrush, and using the 360 brush, we use toothpastes in all her favorite colors (yes, she has multiple favorite colors).


Our dentist had said that not flossing wasn’t an option for us because my daughter’s jaw is so small that her teeth are crowded and super tight (sigh…braces down the road?) while most toddlers tend to have spaces and gaps between their teeth (a very good thing since these primary teeth are space holders for even bigger permanent teeth).

Fun Flossers


We got a sample of these fun flossers the first time we went to the dentist and they seem to clean more effectively and are easier to get in between her super tight teeth than the traditional string floss so we’ve been using these for my daughter ever since.  Her next dentist visit is in December.  Let’s hope everything is still good then.


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Turkey Sneaky Balls Recipe

There are lots of ‘sneaky’ recipes online for hiding healthy foods in meals kids will eat but I am a visual creature so when I saw the below photo in my Instagram feed a few months ago, I just had to try to make a turkey sneaky ball.  It was a surprisingly huge hit with my family and is now on the regular dinner rotation.

Turkey Sneaky Balls Recipe/ Ingredients

Ever since I learned about vegetable subgroups, I had been trying to increase my family’s intake of red and orange vegetables.  The importance of variety became more apparent to me after learning more about the different vegetable subgroups and their different nutritional benefits.

As a family, we ate plenty of green vegetables, but rarely ate red or orange ones.  Until I figured out why my daughter refused carrots, these turkey sneaky balls looked like a great way to sneak in a little bit of orange vegetables.  And paired with spaghetti and tomato sauce, the simple meal suddenly has both red and orange vegetables covered.  Yes!

Turkey Sneaky Balls

Turkey Sneaky Balls Recipe

Adapted from Fit and Sam’s Instagram Photo below

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp chicken boullion
  • a handful of cilantro leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 cups baby carrots
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup oatmeal

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Turkey Sneaky Balls Method

  1. Placed the baby carrots, garlic, and cilantro in the food processor until the carrots were finely minced
  2. Mix all the ingredients until well incorporated
  3. Sear meatballs and then cook in preferred method (continue to pan fry or simmer in sauce or bake in oven etc.)
  4. Enjoy!

mix up ingredients

Mix it! I know it’s better to mix meatballs with our hands but I just didn’t want to risk my daughter sticking her fingers covered in raw meat anywhere near her face or attempting to wipe her hands clean on her clothes so I gave her a big old metal spoon.

mix up ingredients

I am thinking these sneaky turkey balls would also make a great patty for a hot melted sandwich, or maybe add a little cumin and chipotle to the ingredients and make a sneaky balls taco?  What do you think?

So will you be sneaky any time soon?


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Star Lamp DIY & Toddler Shedules

For the first 18 months or so, it seems every time we settled on a comfortable schedule for my baby daughter, it was already time for a new one.  But then for the last 2 years (she is almost 3.5 now), she was pretty much on the same schedule and so I forgot that I should just create a new schedule instead of doing everything to unsuccessfully try to get her to stick to the old one when her needs change.  Unless of course someone can give me a sure fire way to get her to nap 😉

When she started to randomly skip her nap, the days became a scramble because everything after the skipped nap was completely ineffective; she was tired and clingy and poised for hysterics when she was normally a pretty awesome kid.  And did I say clingy already?  Cooking dinner was a challenge again because instead of being my little kitchen helper, she might be a clingy zombie one minute, then a clingy Godzilla the next.  She was so clingy that even attempting TV magic didn’t work.  Everything was suddenly ‘scary’.

Bedtime might be suddenly shifted earlier (or she might even pass out at the dinner table) and then the next day is in a jumble as well, as the next morning she might either wake early, or sleep in, or she might nap for an extra long time and then refuse to sleep at her usual bedtime.

star reflections

So after my realization that it’s time for me to readjust our schedule to account for potentially skipped naps, I have been shifting all high priority errands and activities to the mornings.

We’re still figuring out what will work best but I’m thinking I need to add some high-energy activities, like her current favorites: crazy dance party, or laundry basket pulling race, to before lunch, to maybe tire her out more, so she will be more likely to nap in the late afternoon.

I’ve also started to gather some engaging yet quick and easy, and quiet or low-energy activity ideas for the extra hours we suddenly have on hand the days she won’t nap.  Any ideas or suggestions would be much appreciated! She is starting to suggest some too, like this star lamp.

star light in tent 2

She saw a star lamp on TV recently so yesterday, instead of napping, we went around the house gathering supplies.

Star Lamp Supplies

  1. Clear Jar
  2. Paper
  3. Hole Punch
  4. String/ rope for handle (if Jar doesn’t have one)
  5. Light

star lights

Star Lamp DIY Steps

  1. Measure and cut paper to inner size of jar
  2. Punch holes into paper and insert inside jar
  3. Tie string around top of jar for handle
  4. Place light source into jar
  5. Close lid
  6. Turn off room lights to enjoy star pattern on ceiling and walls

star lamp

This was one of those times where nothing went right yet everything still fell into place.  The star lamp is not even remotely near Pinterest-worthy quality, but we ended up having lots of fun making it and she loves it.

How our Steps Really Went Down

She wanted to use blue paper, no surprise there, but we were all out of blue, except for a small scrap that wasn’t big enough to go around the jar, and so we used purple instead.  She wasn’t too happy about that but as soon as I showed her how to punch a star into the paper, she was too excited to start and forgot about her disappointment.

However, when she set out to punch stars and swirls and small holes into the construction paper, it turned out her little hands weren’t big or strong enough to do it.  It won’t do if she had to just sit and watch me punch paper so luckily she was content with (the added but unnecessary step of) cutting the construction paper into several strips.

As she was cutting the paper, I kept searching for the missing jar lid but after a few minutes, and despite her protesting, made the executive decision to stop looking and just use paper for the lid.  The scrap of blue we had left was big enough for the ad hoc lid so she was happy about the color again.

Then it turned out our trusty led lamp was dead.  In fact, all our flashlights were either dead or too big for the plastic jar, but as we were discussing putting the activity on hold for another day after the lamp recharges, we suddenly both had the idea of trying the flashlight app on my phone and it actually did the trick.

star lamp diy inside tee pee

As she sat quietly on my lap in the darken room inside her tee-pee, gazing up at the star patterns, I struggled to keep from falling asleep and don’t know how she has so much determination to stay awake.

The lamp is surprisingly like the Tranquil Turtle I had (unsuccessfully) used to try to get her to sleep as a baby, and like the turtle, the lamp seem to only stimulate her more than relax her.  I really miss my afternoon break while she was napping everyday but this was fun and I do look forward to all the extra activities we can do now.

blurry star reflections

What is your 3 to 4 year old’s typical schedule? Is it notably different than when 2?



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Beach Essesntials With Babies & Toddlers

Now that we have a daughter, and she is a little older, we go to the beach 3 or 4 times a year.  It’s a relatively easy trip to plan and something our whole family can enjoy.  It’s not even summer yet and we’ve already been twice this year to nearby destinations.  Before we had our daughter, I was at the lake or on a beach almost every other weekend during the summer months.  Life prior to baby was definitely more carefree and spontaneous.  Before baby, planning was simply:

Friends: “Beach this weekend?”

Me: “Sure!”

After baby, as simple as I try to keep the planning and packing, the car is still loaded up to the brim, and then there is the logistics of actually getting to the beach involved.  A 6 hour drive is no longer 6 hours as we need to stop more frequently for diaper changes and melt downs.  We try to time the bulk of the drive during nap times for our sanity but that means the actual vacation time is cut short since driving is done during the middle of the day.  After finally arriving at the beach, how long we stay is dictated by baby’s needs and many times I might not even get a chance to go in the water, tan or walk along the shore.  Please don’t get me wrong though; I’m not complaining.  These beach trips are treasured family adventures and I love seeing my daughter enjoying the gorgeous outdoors.  I’m just noting the complications going to the beach now entails for me after becoming a mother.

mother and toddler playing in sand at beach

Earlier, as a lead up to Mother’s Day, I had written about my 3 unexpected pregnancy challenges, but like Melissa, restrictions were top on my list of (expected) pregnancy challenges.  Jet skiing was definitely something I gave up after I became pregnant.  I also didn’t go boating anymore and eventually stopped going to the lake and beach because I didn’t want to wait or watch alone by the shore.  My friend, who owned the boat and jet skis, didn’t really understand my overly cautious stance as his wife was also pregnant at the same time I was and she continued to go boating with him.  If I were 10 years younger like she was, or if I hadn’t miscarried before, or if it hadn’t taken such a long time to get pregnant again after the traumatizing miscarriage, I might have continued to join them.

I don’t know how many more years it will be before I can be a spontaneous beach goer like before, but packing for the beach this year with my 3 year old was already notably less intensive than packing for the beach last year or the year prior.  Maybe with each experience we get better at determining which gears work for us but my 3 year old also has much more predictable needs and her schedule is more flexible. I also didn’t need to prepare and bring specific (baby) food, diapers, swim diapers, and more diapers.  The essentials that haven’t changed for our family beach trips, in no particular order, are:

Sun Protection

Some or all of these: Sunglasses, hat, sunblock, umbrella, and tent or shelter with SPF.  The tent also comes in handy for keeping baby off sand and for naps, and privacy if you’re big on that like I am (e.g. for diaper changes, nursing, etc.).  A rash-guard with SPF, especially ones with sleeves, will also provide more sun protection coverage than a swim suit and serve double duty in keeping baby or young child warm if the surf is cold.

Sunday Afternoon Toddler's Play Hat


Baby Powder (talc-free)

This makes removing sand a breeze. BREEZE!  Just apply liberally to body and the sand brushes right off with the powder.



This can be as simple as a disposable cup or spoon for the sand and water.  My daughter’s favorite is still just a shovel and a bucket.  Bubbles and a kite are also fun toys at the beach.  Other toy ideas we tried include water gun, floats, and sand molds.


We haven’t tried a metal detector but that was a great suggestion from Stephanie. She also suggested the great idea of burying treasure, such as beautiful seashells, for kids to discover or dig out and it was a super huge hit with my daughter.

seashells by the seashore

A young baby also needs toys, albeit maybe not sand toys, but toys to distract baby from trying to eat sand.


Towels/ Change of Clothes

For drying off (and for laying or sitting on if not bringing blankets or beach chairs).

Dry clothes with plastic bag(s) for wet or sandy clothes or suits.


Hand and Face Wipes

You could just use a towel, but I felt the moist wipes were better and most conveniently, not sandy, when attempting to clean food from faces, wiping runny noses, moping up sweat, or cleaning weird stuff found on the little fingers etc.



Beverage bottles with built in lids like funtainers (I swear I never knew these existed before my daughter needed one and now I see that almost all kids have one?) are so much easier to use on the beach than trying to open a bottle cap with sandy hands, and keeping tabs on the cap.


Food/ Snacks

For me, I found it’s almost always handy to have some (healthy) snacks on hand when with young kids.  They can expend a lot of energy in a short period of time and a snack can be just that, but it can also be the magic that prevents an impending melt down from over exhaustion.  Some snacks like fruits will also provide hydration.

How much food to bring really depends on how long you’re staying on the beach and when you’re going.  I used to see families with young kids spend the whole day on the beach eating not one but two meals in the sand, and I envy them.  With my daughter, we have stayed for a maximum of 3 hours, because she would either want to, or I would see that she needs to leave.  We have been having lunch on the beach because my daughter loves picnics but since we stay for just a few hours, we can easily just go after lunch and not have to bring any food to the beach.


Safety/ First Aid

It doesn’t have to be fancy and can be just a plastic bag with saline solution, in case sand or sunblock gets in eyes, and a few bandages and antiseptic ointment, in case of cuts (e.g. sharp rocks or shells vs. little tender baby feet).

This year we took a life jacket with us because my daughter loves the water and despite swim lessons, can’t swim.  I can’t swim to save my life either after 5+ years of lessons so I thought a life jacket when playing in deeper water would be the safer bet.

Life jacket or swim floaties is where I see the most variation on the beach. Most families have some sort of toys, or food, or sun protection with them, but as far as life jackets or floaties, it’s all over the map.  Some families are on one extreme of helicopter parenting, like ours, where the kid is within arms reach and attached to some sort of flotation device, while some families are on the other extreme of ‘no-rescue’/ free-range/ platform parenting, and kids barely able to walk yet are playing happily along the shoreline with the parents looking up from tanning only when the kid returns, with all kind of variations along the two ends of the spectrum.

Toddler in life jacket on boogie board at beach

Depending on where along the paranoid parent spectrum you fall, safety/ first aid might not be beach essentials on your list.  On our last day at the beach, the family next to us had 4 beautiful boys ranging from a non-crawling infant to maybe 5 or 6 years old.  They had a large cooler of snacks and beverages and lots of toys.  But then the 2nd eldest boy came back to their tent crying because he got sand in his eye.  And he got spanked for crying and refusing to go back out to play because he said his eye hurt too much so I’m sure they thought our kid looked absolutely ridiculous in a life jacket.


Waterproof Bags/ Pouches

You can probably leave most your valuables at home/ hotel but something for your keys and phone can be useful.  I really wanted needed a phone protector because face it, don’t you want to try to get pictures of your cute kid on the beach too?  Water proof pouches also double as sand proofing gear too.

waterproof phone protector (1)


Most things are standard for a beach trip with or without kids; just with babies and young kids, I need to be extra diligent about sun protection and hydration.  I never use all I bring but I just find it less stressful being prepared for contingencies.  Having some extra clothes and extra towels in the car came in handy several times.  So what are your beach essentials when going with a baby or young kids?




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Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)

Toy dog wearing glasses with patch for lazy eye

Lazy eye is when the brain favors one eye as vision develops in infancy and early childhood leading to decreased or loss of vision in one or both eyes. Both my daughter and I have lazy eye, which I now know tends to run in families. As much planning as I had put into my pregnancy, birth and care of my daughter, I hadn’t thought at all about my lazy eye and the potential of passing it onto the next generation. The Mister had joked that his offspring would be born already wearing glasses because of his severe nearsightedness but neither of us had made any cracks about my lazy eye that wanders and sometimes make strangers think I’m staring at them out of the corner of my eye and strike up conversation.

ortopad eye patches - outer space

The brain may unconsciously favor one eye over another for example if there is a muscle imbalance between the eyes affecting tracking coordination or if vision in the two eyes are significantly different. My lazy eye is from muscle imbalance. My daughter’s lazy eye is most likely from having much more astigmatism in one eye. There are other reasons as well such as limited vision in one eye due to cataracts.

Sometimes signs of lazy eye may be obvious like a wandering eye as in my case, or that the eyes do not appear to be aligned, but lazy eye may not be apparent without an eye exam as in my daughter’s case.   According to the Mayo Clinic, all children between 3 and 5 should have a complete eye exam.

Depending on what is causing lazy eye, it may be corrected with some combination of glasses, contact lens, eye patches, eye drops or surgery. The earlier treatment is started, the better, so I really regret not taking my daughter in for more comprehensive vision testing sooner.


My daughter was prescribed glasses to correct her astigmatism in the weaker eye. The hope was that in correcting the vision imbalance, she might begin using both eyes equally.

She has a small head so we had trouble finding glasses with a proper fit. Most frames have three numbers printed on them; lens width, bridge width and temple arm length in millimeters.  I found a useful infographic online so I put it at the bottom of this post in the resource section.

blue and pink glassses with hearts

We ended up going to 7 different optical stores and was considering buying the frames online when she suddenly said “those ones” and pointed to these pink and blue frames while we were still outside the final store. I thought I heard music in the air.

blue and pink glassses with hearts

While these frames weren’t covered by our insurance and they were a little large, we felt that her liking the glasses was most important for two reasons. First, to increase the likelihood she would wear them and second, to minimize the risk of her taking them off and abandoning them somewhere.

Please note that while this post is NOT sponsored, there are some affiliate links in this post.  These were just products we had success using and wanted to review and share for information purpose.  I am not giving any kind of education or medical advice (I won’t know what’s what).  Please consult your health care provider (pediatrician, physician or ophthalmologist or optician etc.) for diagnose, treatment and medical advice.


Since the frames were a tad large for her tiny face, and it did not have a nose piece, we got these sticky pads for the bridge to help with the fit. It doesn’t look good but she says it’s more comfortable and the glasses slide down less often so I would say they work well.


These came in a 10 pack so I took two for my glasses since I always have a problem with them sliding down my nose too, and I agree, they are comfy.  I am oily so I might need to use a new pair every few weeks.  They have a sticker on one side so they are easy to stick onto the glasses and I was able to reposition them several times until I got the fit right.  Unfortunately that mean it is uneven on the glasses.


Silicon nose Piece



The optician had highly recommended chums to help minimize losing the glasses since she is only three. There are some days where she keeps taking them off but in general she is good about keeping them on because they do help her see better. She loves the chums however because it helps distribute the weight of the frames from her nose and ears to her head and it keeps the glasses from sliding down her nose.

Kids Chums

They come in so many colors and patterns but I choose the two pack in blue because it was a good value and my daughter’s favorite color is blue (in addition to pink and green).

navy blue chums


Some chums reviewers noted the chums were hindering their kids from taking off their glasses and putting them back on (e.g. to wipe their face during a sports game) and so I also purchased these rubber ear pieces as well in case the chums prove too much of an obstacle.   But since she seems happy with the chums, I never tried them on her glasses. I put them on mine and love them since my nose is relatively flat and my glasses tend to slide down so I will order a larger size in clear for me.




Often times, the proper treatment will improve vision in only weeks or months. However, despite 6 weeks of diligence wearing her glasses constantly, her weaker eye still appears to be weaker and so we have started patching for 6 hours a day.


Patching is when the stronger, good eye is covered, encouraging the use of the weaker eye to stimulate it. Her follow up visit is in 6 weeks and I am hoping for the best. Luckily she is still having a good sense of humor about all this and walking around saying “I’m a pirate, argh, shiver me timbers” which comes out as “argh, shiver my tumbers” half the time and cracks me up. I love her.

Baby Pirate

Photo Credit: Katrinaelena


We are currently using the medium sized glitter Ortopads but since she will only wear the blue mermaids, and with enough persuasion, the green lady bugs, the rest are mine to wear just to keep her company.  The patches come to around $0.40 each, so that’s not an ideal scenario.

Mermaid and Ladybug

The ophthalmologist’s office gave us these three on the most recent visit and she liked and wore all three styles.  They were waaaaaaaayyyyyy less sticky too so they was much easier to remove.  The problem is I haven’t been able to find them for purchase.

ortopad eye patches - boys

So I just ordered these (non-glitter) ones with the hopes she will like more than just one pattern out of the whole box.

Oh boy, it is tiring when forcing the weaker eye to work. I get nausea too. After just a few hours I feel like I’ve been working out so I give my daughter extra hugs and kisses for being such a trooper. I noticed quickly that my daughter’s depth perception is slightly off and her peripheral vision is poor when her good eye is covered. For example, she might stick her spoon of food into her cheek by accident or clip the door frame when walking through the doorway, so I make sure I hold her hands when we go up or down the stairs.


I wanted to share three tips that I had picked up and used with some success from Amazon reviewers:

  1. Stick patch on the back of your hand first to reduce it’s stickiness. I do this every time for my daughter’s patch but it still ends up stuck on tight by the end of the day.
  2. Remove patch after baby or child is asleep. I hadn’t planned to use this since my daughter has enough trouble falling asleep as it is and I do not want to risk waking her, mad at me, but one night she fell asleep with the patch on so I removed it while she was asleep.         Amazingly she didn’t wake and barely flinched so on the nights she is willing to sleep with the patch on, I wait until she is asleep to remove it. It saves all of us some tears and grief.
  3. Use oil or Vaseline to help lift the edges and reduce the patch’s stickiness for removal. I need to use oil or Vaseline to rub around the patch’s edges before she would let me remove the patch.

OrtoPad sticker eye Patches for Lazy Eye


I also got these patches to place over her glasses frames. It came 6 in a box but other than accidently losing some, I’m not sure why we need so many since they seem perfectly reusable even if very flimsy.  The unwrapped patch in the picture has been reused for days and had been put on, taken off, put on, taken off numerous times and despite a few wrinkles, still looks and works fine for us.  I guess they could get dirty easily or get lost.

Lazy Eye Patch for Glasses

I’m not sure why some of the reviewers said it was hard to put on the glasses but because my daughter’s frames are small, it only takes me seconds and so I find these eye glasses patches very convenient.

The ophthalmologist had recommended the sticker patches over the glasses patches so my daughter won’t be able to peek or cheat but I got the glasses patches anyways so that when we’re out and about, I can easily use these to maximize her patched time.  For example, I can just pop these on her glasses for the car ride and then take them off at the destination whereas I can’t quickly remove the sticker patches from my daughter’s face because it hurts her. I can rip the patch off my face with no problem but she is still young and the skin around her eye area is extra sensitive.   She is also probably not oily like me so instead of the patch coming lose over time as my patch does, her patch seem to get more stuck as the day wears on.

blue eye patch for glasses

Here is my daughter’s toy dog baby modelling her glasses.  Despite how cool all the different patches look, I really hope she doesn’t need to be patched any longer than the 6 weeks.

Toy dog wearing glasses with patch for lazy eye

References and for additional information, check out these links:

Mayo Clinic: Lazy Eye Basics

Medical News Today: Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)

Rehealthify: (YouTube video) Amblyopia Causes, Symptoms, Treatments & More…

Zenni Optical has a cool infographic on how to understand frame sizes:
What Are The Best Eyeglasses For Your Face Shape? - Infographic

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